NJ Teens Teach 5-Year-Old Boy With Autism How to Ride a Skateboard

It was Carter’s 5th birthday last week, and all he wanted was to go to a skate park, Carter’s mother, Kristen Braconi, of course, obliged.

Carter has high functioning autism and ADHD, and when he took his scooter to the skate park in South Brunswick, NJ, a group of older kids showed up and began to teach him how to use a mini skateboard.

They were patient with him, showing him how to balance on it and ride the board. When they found out it was also his birthday, they even sang ‘happy birthday’ to him.

Braconi took to Facebook to share some kind words about the children on the local community page. She shared that they did not know that Carter had autism.

“They wanted to do that for him and their kindness and inclusion without knowing anything was going on with him, it was amazing,” she said, adding that Carter gained a lot of confidence from the positive social interaction.

When Carter and his mother left the park that day, they went to get ice-cream and sandwiches and brought them back to share with the boys. Her videos of the day went viral and the South Brunswick police reached out and offered a pizza dinner to the young men for their kindness.

The boys were soon identified and a pizza party is scheduled for next week.

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